Canon Powershot SD990 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SD990 IS




Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons indicate ISO Auto, Auto flash, single drive mode, battery indicator, Auto exposure mode, metering is Evaluative, image size is Large, quality is SuperFine, IS in enabled, and there's space left on the SD card to take 140 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) were used for the focus lock. The aperture and shutter speed values are also shown along the bottom along with the ISO speed at the top.



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

Program AE mode is much like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture for a correct exposure. However, now you have access to a multitude of Function and Menu options.



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

In Manual mode the proper exposure value is determined by changing both the shutter speed and the aperture values manually. You can visually see the screen lighten or darken as you change settings and the EV (exposure value) chart along the right hand side will help you achieve the desired exposure. To adjust the shutter speed and aperture values, you enter the Function menu and use both the 4-way's "left" and "right" directions along with the control dial.



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

Program mode Function options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, or Custom Color
    Flash Comp. - Adjust the flash power output +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
    Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg., Spot
    Image Compression - Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution - 4416x3312, 3456x2592, 2592x1944, 1600x1200, 640x480, and Widescreen (4416x2480)




Canon Powershot SD990 IS

Program mode MENU options:

    AF Frame - Face Detect, AiAF, or Center
    AF Frame Size - Small or Normal
    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
    Servo AF - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Off, Standard, 1.7x, 2.2x
    Flash Settings - Flash Exp. Comp., Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Corr., Red-Eye Lamp
    i-Contrast - Off or Auto
    Drive Settings - FaceSelf-Timer (number of shots), Self-timer (10 sec., 2 sec., Custom), Custom settings (delay/number of shots)
    MF-Point Zoom On or Off
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
    Auto Category - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Enable or disable Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Off or Both
    Histogram - On or Off
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
    Date Stamp - Off, Date or Date&Time
    Set Print/Share button - Allows you to use this button in record mode to change various camera settings



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

Scene modes are selected by switching the Mode switch to the SCN position and rotating the Control dial. You can choose from 17 different modes, each pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for a wide variety of different shooting situations. In all Scene modes, Exposure compensation, Image compression and Image size settings are available via the Function menu.



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

When you rotate the Mode switch to the Quick Shot position, this is the screen you will see. It has you use the optical viewfinder to frame your shot. There are only a few exposure options available, which can be changed on screen. Icons shown: Exposure comp., ISO, Flash, White balance, My colors, Drive mode, Image quality, Image size, Flash output, Histogram, and IS.



Canon Powershot SD990 IS

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Standard movies can be recorded at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 with frame rates of 30fps. You can also choose from Color accent or Color swap modes when wanting to be a bit more creative. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. There is a digital zoom function, however we suggest you use it sparingly. These clips are captured in QuickTime format and saved as .MOV files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.





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Playback Modes & Menus


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